On July 26, newly appointed head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Yuri Borisov, made the announcement that Russia will withdraw from the project to build the International Space Station (ISS) by the year 2024 and presented plans for a Russian space station.
According to reports from U.S. News, Borisov promised that Roscosmos, the national space agency, will fulfill its existing commitments, but that the two organizations will no longer collaborate after 2024. The announcement comes not long after NASA and Roscosmos reached a contract allowing their respective astronauts to pilot the spacecraft of the other organization.
In the deal that was reached on July 15, it was indicated that integrating flights would begin in the fall of 2022. According to a report from The Guardian, American astronaut Frank Rubio will travel to Kazakhstan in September to participate in a rocket launch alongside two Russian astronauts. Meanwhile, Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina will travel to space with two American astronauts and a Japanese astronaut on a flight that will be launched from the Kennedy space center.
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) July 12, 2022
After Russia exits the International Space Station, it plans to construct its own space station. Borisov was quoted as saying in an article published by USA Today, “I think we will have started work on the Russian space station by that time ,”
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According to The Guardian, former NASA astronaut and commander of the space station Scott Kelly tweeted earlier in 2022 that any solo Russian space mission "won't be worth a damn" without international assistance.
According to U.S. News, the removal of Russia from the international space station will bring an end to the nearly three decades of space cooperation that began following the conclusion of the Cold War.